Wearing the correct size and fitting bra is so important. I never really realised just how important it was till after my breast augmentation. I get it gals, we have 99 problems going on in our lives and bra fitting is just one, and it’s probably the least biggest problem we consider. A shocking 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size, according to a study conducted by bra manufacturer Triumph back in 2008. Interestingly, of those women, 70% of them wore bras that were too small, while 10% wore bras that were too large. Before my breast enlargement, I think I fell into the 10% of women wearing a larger size because I just couldn’t fill a bra, the lack of volume and roundness meant my breasts simply sat like a sack of potatoes on my chest. Very attractive.
My body confidence plummeted when I lost my breasts due to weight loss and I tried so hard to boost my breasts with fancy, extra padded bras but it didn’t make a difference. Again, referring back to my breasts pre-boob job, I’d only ever had my breasts measured once and that was when I was at my biggest. I was a 32DD. They were lovely then, big and round! RIP natural boobs. I used to heavily rely on cheap Primark bras, I would never splash the cash on a proper bra back then, now I have no choice.
Part of the excitement after my boob job was getting them measured. When you’re in the process of getting them done the surgeon doesn’t just make you a DD or F, they advise you on a Cc size which can help you achieve your desired look but ultimately the size entirely depends on how your body reacts to the implants. I remember running to Debenhams after six weeks of being restricted to an ugly surgical bra to finally get them measured. The women there measured them at a 30EE, I was totally shocked but absolutely loved it. However, the reality of paying £40 for a bra was new to me and starting to sink in. When I started wearing proper bras again after my surgery, the new 30EE bras from Debenhams didn’t feel right or look right. I was spilling over! My boobs had got bigger. I should have known really six weeks, fresh out of surgery, that they hadn’t settled yet. Anyway, I have been measured again and told I am a 30FF and now my bras fit like a glove. It always amazes me how every bra I now have, feels like it was made for me. My back feels so much more supported.
And that’s what’s inspired today’s post, just how important is it for us ladies to be wearing the RIGHT bra?! Very, very in fact. Wearing the wrong fitted bra can actually affect your health and well-being. Headaches, back and neck pain can be associated with the wrong support, as is problems maintaining correct posture. This can lead to slouching rather than sitting and standing upright! Worryingly, incorrect fitting bras can do serious and long-term damage like blockage of the lymph nodes. Lymphatic vessels on the breasts are very thin, but they can be compressed with constant pressure from tight-fitting bras, this pressure can result in closing the lymph valves and vessels. Sagging breasts are also caused by wearing loose bras as they fail to lift the breasts and keep them in shape meaning it makes them heavier. It’s so scary!
I’m always on the hunt for new bras, big bras for an FF like me are rare in the shops so I have to take my efforts online. At first, I hated buying bras online because I don’t get the chance to try them on and of course, different brands have their own ideas on sizing! I wish there was a standard bra size for every bra maker, it would make our lives so much easier. I’ve recently come across Knicker Locker, an online retailer who cater for all sizes who concentrate as specifically on underwear, obvs. A specialist, shall we say! When I was approached by the company about trying a bra from them, of course, I said yes. They have a great bra fitting guide on their website to ensure women get the right size for them. It was extremely helpful when I was on my quest for choosing a bra. They even have an article on common fitting problems which I could really relate too.
After much deliberation, I decided to try the Elodie Fantasie Underwired Support Bra in a 32FF which comes in at £41.00. I’ve been desperate to try Fantasie Lingerie for ages as they’re a well-established brand known for its superior fit and style. Let’s start with first glance, the look of the bra is gorgeous. It’s a classic design of embroidery which creates a very elegant look. I love the fact it’s not padded since I do not need the extra padded-ness! Now let’s talk about the most important bit, the actual fit of the bra. The cups moulded to the shape of my breast and fit perfectly. The cup is a full coverage of the breast area meaning there’s no overflow. I liked the contrast between the embroidery and the material and it worked really well on too. The material isn’t flimsy or thin due to the sizing and layering of material. The bra has really thick straps which are fully and easily, adjustable hold strong without digging in or hurting my shoulders, unlike some bras I have. The back of the bra is fit to size, however, there is a little room meaning it doesn’t feel too tight. This bra is a 2-hook bra, which is very supportive back wise and it feels stable and structured and created an uplifting shape.
Overall, I loved the Elodie bra and thought it was great value for money, the quality is second to none. I had a great experience shopping with Knicker Locker, make sure you snap up some of their Black Friday Deals this month as they have 20% off!